I think I'm going to start writing an essay for the My Turn page in Newsweek, and it's going to be entitled One Big Not-So-Happy Family.
The idea came to me last night when three of the four stepkids sat down to eat dinner with us, although last night was one of the more pleasant meals we've eaten together. There was actually conversation that involved more than just me and their dad.
Long story short for anyone who happens upon this entry.... not such a happy life for those four and it's a rocky relationship between them and their father. Bottom line: you might not always agree with decisions people make, but you show them respect. It's the agree-to-disagree principle.